Monday, October 6, 2008

Loneliness Series I: God's Blueprint is Community

Times could get tougher; we will need one another. We are a called community of believers. Community....come into unity!!!

Christians have a blueprint: Acts 2: 4246 "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. verse 44 "All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people." Acts 4:32 " All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had."
This week I'm staying on this lonely theme. When I am confident of who I am in Christ, and I meditate and I worship Him I can relate to everyone in a wholesome edifying way. This beautiful model laid out for us in Acts is the end hope in every church and in every believer.

Through a series of probing queries I hope we find ways out of our loneliness, when it surfaces. I believe we will find ways to join God in bringing others out of their loneliness traps.

In the blog world I found this great truth: writes....

Loneliness is not a symptom of having no love in our lives. Most people have friends and family who love them. Loneliness then is a symptom of a hole in our heart that no human relationship can fill. Only God can fill that hole. (The loneliness is the sign that is still needs God's love.) Yet, it is not filled by God's love. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life~ John 3:16 (NASB). God's love already exists for everyone, and yet people are lonely. Our loneliness is the longing God put in us for Him.

What do you think about addressing loneliness and the vacuum; the hole of need in everyone that only God can fill?

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© 2008 Kay Martin

Thrive In Christ

Who I Am In Christ by Neil Anderson

For several months we will center on this book to pursue Thriving in our Christian journey.

Neil challenges us with: "Do you know who you are in God's eyes? We are no longer products of our past. We are primarily products of Christ's work on the cross. Who we are determines what we do.

You are not who you are in Christ because of the things you have done, you are in Christ because of what He has done. He died and rose again so that you and I could live in the FREEDOM of His love."

That's just the introduction. More to follow.